I’m not quite sure how this happened. In November it was a sinus infection. In December it was bronchitis. And in January, I managed to get food poisoning. So now I am traveling, yet again, feeling under the weather. The thing is, this is a trip for fun, not work, so I want to feel my best. Unfortunately, my best isn’t all that great these days. Oy. Upset stomachs can be caused by all kinds of things, but regardless of the reason, it’s a terrible way to fly. If you have to get on a plane, though, there are ways to make it more bearable. Here are my tips for traveling when your stomach doesn’t feel great:
- Stay hydrated. It’s important to stay hydrated whenever you travel, but even more so when you’re not feeling well. When I went to the doctor for this food poisoning, he said one of the problems was that I was dehydrated. Once I forced myself to drink more liquids, I felt much better. During flights, drink at least 8 oz of water or juice for each hour of flight.
- Stay away from caffeine. Caffeine will dehydrated you, which is compounded in the air, so it’s best to avoid during flight times. Of course, if a Coke is the best way to settle your stomach, well, that’s probably okay. Just maybe stay away from the shots of espresso.
- Don’t fly on an empty stomach. Even though food is probably the last thing you want right now, flying without eating will just make it worse. Eat a little something, preferably bland, prior to getting on the plane.
- Take snacks. Snacking periodically throughout your flight can keep your stomach calm (or as calm as it gets). On my flight today, I will have peanut butter crackers, pretzels, and saltines. I plan on getting a Gatorade once I get to the airport to take on my flight, and drinking juice and water during.
- Bring medicine. There are all kinds of medicines for upset stomach on the market—you probably know what works best for you. I like Pepto Bismol, but that’s just me.
- Get an aisle seat. If you have to run to the lav, it’s a lot easier to get up and go then to ask your seatmates to get out of your way.
- Keep a bag handy. Just in case the worst happens, keep an airsickness bag handy.
Readers, what are your tips for traveling when feeling under the weather?
*Remember, Road Warriorette is not a doctor. Please consult your doctor before trying to treat any illnesses.